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Pies, chocolate shoes, truffle edamame and a cabaret brunch

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Who’ll eat all the pies? We will, once we’ve finished with chocolate shoes, truffle edamame and a cabaret brunch.

Let’s start with some sweet news, since the saccharine options in the city are expanding. First up, there is now a second branch of London cupcake favourite Hummingbird Bakery just opened at the brand new CityWalk Mall. Also new, Dubai Mall’s Vogue Café has decided to honour its footwear-themed location within Level Shoe District by introducing a range of edible chocolate stilettos. Like its real shoe counterparts, they’re not cheap, priced at Dhs215 a piece. However, if you’re after a piece of delicious design, the shoes come in a range of designs such as black ‘leather’ with white chocolate studs, black and white zebra print and gold.

From puddings to pies – there is also news that the Sydney-born concept Pie Face is set to hit Dubai. The sweet and savoury pie specialist outfit has branches in Australia, New Zealand and New York and it looks like Arabia is next up for culinary-colonisation. News of where and when is still in pipeline since an agreement has only just been signed to franchise the bakery-café across
the Middle East.

More Antipodean news comes by way of Jones the Grocer, who welcomes notable Kiwi chef Peter Gordon to branches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The New Zealander is known for restaurants The Providores, Tapa Room and Kopapa in London, as well as The Sugar Club in his native country. On Saturday October 20 at Jones the Grocer, Dubai and October 17 in Abu Dhabi. Peter will be preparing a tasting menu, including dishes such as pumpkin, ginger, chickpea and cheese soup, lamb chickpea and mushroom stew with minted olive salsa and chocolate mocha pots with cinnamon shortbread. The one-night only dinner will cost Dhs230 per person, but if you miss it, Peter’s recipes from the night will be rolled out as chef’s specials in the café from October 21-November 3.

And there’s a buzz around Al Sufouh Road with new restaurants opening up in the hotels in this area. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina is getting ready for the launch of El Sur, a new contemporary Spanish restaurant. Meanwhile, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina is now home to yet another Japanese restaurant and lounge bar – Watatsumi. The venue has branches in London and Barcelona, and promises mixed drinks and a vision of Japanese cooking, serving dishes such as truffle edamame and wagyu beef dumplings. Watatsumi has also just launched the Friday ‘omakase’ brunch.

And finally, more brunch news comes your way from Supperclub at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. Launching in November, L’afternoon will offer a regularly changing set menu of fine European fusion, teamed with entertainment from cabaret performances, live music and DJ sets.

Until next week, bon appétit!

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